Gaddafi defector sees end of regime in 10 days

ROME Sun Aug 21, 2011 2:24pm EDT

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ROME (Reuters) - Muammar Gaddafi's former right-hand man Abdel Salam Jalloud, who has defected to the Libyan rebel side, said on Sunday Gaddafi would be toppled within 10 days.

Speaking on Italy's Rai News, Jalloud said Gaddafi's rule was "certainly" about to end and would be over "within a week, at the latest 10 days, maybe even less."

Libyan rebels battled their way toward Tripoli on Sunday to help fighters inside the city who rose up overnight. Gaddafi has described the insurgents as "rats.

Jalloud said in the televised interview he did not expect Gaddafi to flee to another country because all roads out of Tripoli were blocked.

He doubted that Gaddafi would surrender or commit suicide, but said "the way the situation is evolving, he won't be able to survive."

Jalloud was a member of the junta that staged the 1969 coup that brought Gaddafi to power, and was seen as second-in-command

before falling out of Gaddafi's favor.

In the 1990s he was reportedly stripped of his passport and put under surveillance following a disagreement with Gaddafi.

A rebel spokesman said on Friday Jalloud had defected to rebel-held territory, and Italy's Defense Minister Ignazio La Russa said on Sunday he was on Italian soil.

(Reporting by Catherine Hornby; editing by Andrew Roche)

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findanisp2002 wrote:
Weird. On June 14th 2011, a rebel spokesperson said “Gadaffi would be gone in a week – 10 days tops”. Funny how history repeats itself.

Aug 21, 2011 5:48pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Oh my….He will be toppled just in time for Obama’s return from vacation…

Maybe we could bring Osama back from the dead for a 3rd time and say we caught and killed him again….

Anything to try and take the focus off of the horrific job that Obama is doing…

Pray that there is not a false flag before the November elections…

This Administration is dangerous….

If they can not even blink after giving guns to Mexican executioners, do you think that they would hesitate to engage in a false flag.

Wake up….

Aug 21, 2011 5:58pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
nachomamma wrote:
AND WHAT WILL THE USA HAVE “WON” FROM THIS REBELION AND DESTRUCTION THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO JUST TAKE A “COUPLE OF WEEKS” PER OUR LIAR-IN-CHIEF PRESIDENT? HOW MUCH DID IT COST US? WHAT IS OUR END GAME IN LIBYA?

Aug 21, 2011 7:18pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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